Iran issues first death sentence linked to feminist insurgency

Iranians protest the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in Tehran on October 1.

Iranians protest the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in Tehran on October 1.
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On Sunday, the Revolutionary Court in Tehran handed down the first known death sentence to a person involved in the ongoing insurgency in Iran. Al Jazeera reports. The unnamed person who set fire to a government building is charged with “disturbing public order and colluding to commit crimes against national security” in addition to “moharebeh” (war against God) and “corruption on earth.” .” This was announced by the Iranian judiciary. Five other people referred to as “rioters”.‘ were sentenced to between five and ten years’ imprisonment years for threats to national security. State news agency IRNA claimed the decisions were preliminary and could be appealed. according to to CNN.

After the unjust, civil unrest broke out across Iran Death Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman who was arrested by the country’s vice squad in September for wearing her hijab “improperly” and then died in her custody. hundrets of protests have since erupted across the country – many led by women and youth – demanding the overthrow of the current oppressive regime.

Over the past 57 days of the demonstrations, security force retaliation has been violent and deadly, killing at least 326 people – including 43 children – in 22 provinces.according to to Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO). At least 1,000 people were to be confronted in Tehran earlier this month public hearing for their involvement in the uprisings, in addition to hundreds of others across the country.

The death sentence follows a recent motion by the Iranian parliament calling on the Iranian judiciary to be tougher on protesters. During last week’s parliamentary session, they called on the judiciary to “take firm action against the perpetrators of these crimes [the protests] and with all those who helped with the crimes and provoked rioters,” it says Al Jazeera. Of the 290 MPs, 272 voted in favor of “introducing the death penalty for serious crimes against the state”. Guardian reports.

Amini’s death has sparked the largest civilian demonstrations the country has seen in the 40 years since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. But even if the arrests continue and the consequences for protests get worse – with IHRNGO reporting that “at least 20 other protesters face the death penalty” – the fight for justice continues.

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Adam Bradshaw

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